Current Affairs 15th May 2017

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PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate India 's longest river bridge, 9.15 - km - long Dhola - Sadiya bridge near the China Border. The bridge is built over the Brahmaputra river. The design is such that the bridge can withstand the movement of military tanks. Cost of the Project is Rs 950 crores It is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, making it the longest bridge in India.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the second meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) in New Delhi. The NPDRR is a multi-stakeholders National Platform which promotes participatory decision making in disaster management and strengthens federal policy of the country. The theme of the meeting is Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India resilient by 2030. The meeting will be attended by over one thousand distinguished guests including Union Ministers, State Ministers, Heads of specialised disaster management agencies and representatives from private sector organisations.

India and the United Kingdom agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral cooperation between the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Britain's Transport for London (TFL) in the urban transport sector for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation. The decision was taken on a three-day visit Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping. Under the proposed MOU, the TFL will share with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways its expertise on the mobility and efficiency of the transport system and methodologies to facilitate the planning and delivery of mobility solutions including ticketing, passenger information, major project financing, infrastructure maintenance strategies and behavioural change and public transport promotion.

Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in adjoining Thane district, won a Smart Village award for being a sustainable project in rural Maharashtra. The village of Wada taluka is located 108km north of Mumbai at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains. The award, "Smart Village," instituted by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), which also gives awards in other categories.

Reserve Bank of India has put a restriction on United Commercial (UCO) Bank’s lending and branch Expansion. Reason:- UCO bank made net losses for the two successive fiscal amid severe stress on asset quality. RBI has initiated 'Prompt Corrective Action' (PCA) framework on UCO bank on account of high bad loans and a negative return of assets. UCO bank has become the second lender to face business restrictions after IDBI Bank.

The United States will be selling high-tech Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) protective clothing worth $75 million to India. For the first time, the USA notified the sale of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) Support Equipment, the Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) protective clothing, to the US Congress. The entire package includes 38,034 M50 general purpose masks, 38,034 units of suits, trousers, gloves, boots and NBC bags; 854 aprons; 854 alternative aprons; 9,509 Quick Doff Hoods; and 114,102 M61 filters. India’s formal cooperation with USA in the area of defence also includes bilateral engagement on defence through the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) and the India-US Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Agreement.

India and Chile will implement a bilateral expanded Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) from May 16, 2017. India-Chile PTA which was signed on 6th September 2016. The original PTA had a limited number of tariff lines, wherein both sides had extended tariff concessions to each other. The expanded PTA has a wider coverage of tariff concessions which covers around 96 percent of bilateral trade. Currently, Chile is the fourth largest trading partner of India in LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean) region after Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched river conservation project Narmada Seva Mission in Madhya Pradesh. The prime minister will release a roadmap for the conservation of the Narmada, the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh, at Amarkantak. The program gives the conclusion of 'Namami Devi Narmade Sewa yatra' launched on December 11, 2016.  The yatra covering a distance of 3,344 km and passing through over 1,100 villages and towns.

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix title from pole position in the Formula One championship. Spanish Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race which is one of the oldest of its kind in the world. Totally He has won 55 Grand Prix. Hamilton also received the distinction of becoming the first black driver to race. He is a three-time Formula One World Champion.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda launched new Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine(PCV) for Pneumonia at Lal Bahadur Shastri Medical College Hospital in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The vaccine is a part of government’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) the name of the UIP launched is " Mission Indradhanush". In India, more than 1 lakh children die of pneumonia every year. The vaccine will provide protection against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria which results in pneumonia. This is the twelfth disease for which the Health Ministry launched a vaccine.

Arjun Maini, the first Indian driver to win a GP3 race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The GP3 Series is a single-seater motor racing series launched in 2010 introduced by GP2 organiser Bruno Miche. This victory has moved Arjun Maini into third place in the driver’s championship standings after the completion of the first round of the eight-round GP3 series. Nirei Fukuzumi of Japan leads the championship standings with 29 points, Alessio Lorandi of Italy is in the second position with 25 points.

The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Theme of 2017 International Day of Families - “Families, education and well-being”. This year’s observance focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members.

Rafael Nadal won fifth Madrid Open title after his Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters titles. He defeated Dominic Thiem. He has won 14 times the Grand Slam titles.

President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas arrived on a four-day State visit to India for the third time. President Abbas will visit Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Noida to create cooperation between Palestine - India Techno Park being built by India in Palestine and Indian IT industry. Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) on cooperation in various sectors is also expected to be signed during the visit. In July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Israel, the first Indian Prime Minister to travel to the Israel Country.

Former India batsman V.V.S. Laxman has been elected an honorary life member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Laxman is to receive the honour after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan Laxman played 134 Tests, 86 one-day internationals and 25 Twenty, 20 internationals for India. MCC was founded in the year 1787, There are more than 300 honorary life members of MCC.

The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 nurses across the country on the occasion of International Nurses Day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda presided the function. The Florence Nightingale awards are given to the outstanding nursing personnel employed in Central, State/Union Territories. The Florence Nightingale Awards carries Rs.50,000/- cash, a certificate, a citation certificate and a Medal.

Bajrang Punia won a first gold medal for India in men's 65kg freestyle category at the Asian Wrestling Championship. He defeated South Korea’s, Seunghui Lee. Sarita Mann from India lost to Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the final of women's 58kg category. Sarita got a silver medal. The Indian wrestlers overall bagged 10 medals comprising a gold, five silver, and four bronze. Japan finished on top with 16 medals.